Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

I amvery glad I cashed in my Ki­wiSaver ac­count last year. It would have of­fended me enor­mously that some of my funds were be­ing used for those un­eth­i­cal com­pa­nies, of which many are listed in the Cen­tral Leader (Au­gust 31). Of course, we in­vestors are not told into which or­gan­i­sa­tions the Ki­wiSaver fund man­agers place our money. It was an il­lu­mi­nat­ing ar­ti­cle, and the in­for­ma­tion should be spread more widely. in­ter­ac­tions. The prob­lem is that we are not ask­ing the im­por­tant ques­tion: what is the role of ed­u­ca­tion in the 21st cen­tury? The re­al­ity is that ed­u­ca­tion has stayed rel­a­tively un­changed over the last cen­tury and it is a model that no longer caters for the needs of a rapidly chang­ing econ­omy and so­ci­ety. Un­for­tu­nately, the ad­di­tion of this kind of tech­nol­ogy will not sig­nif­i­cantly change the way ed­u­ca­tion works. Nor will it dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the learn­ing out­comes for the chil­dren who need it most. The real value of us­ing this tech­nol­ogy to de­liver con­tent would be if it frees up teach­ers to be more hu­man and to help chil­dren de­velop so­cially and psy­cho­log­i­cally and to cre­ate au­then­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. I have changed my ap­proach to teach­ing over re­cent years to re­flect the im­pact of tech­nol­ogy and I can say quite un­equiv­o­cally that it works well; just as the re­search sug­gests. Do you know where your Ki­wisaver funds are be­ing in­vested?

school­child­ren be­ing robbed at knife­point in the Cen­tral Leader (Au­gust 19), one can hardly be sur­prised. As this Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to al­low (in­deed pro­motes) the gap be­tween the wealthy and poor in­crease, the poor will be­come in­creas­ingly des­per­ate and dis­en­fran­chised, and vi­o­lent rob­beries and the like will surely rise. The only way to pre­vent this is to make so­ci­ety

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